Machar was initially advised to appoint Hon. Dak in R-TGNU, but all fell on deaf ears: SPLM-IO official

April 16, 2020 (Thessherald)–A senior official of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -IO says that he had initially written an official letter to the SPLM-IO Chairman,  Dr. Riek Machar, asking him to appoint  Hon. Dak Duop in the unity government but his suggestions were ignored.

“I write to report a phone conversation I had with Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok on 12th of April 2020, at around 7:40 am – 8:20 am, East African time.  As everyone knows, Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok played permanent roles in the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO.  His voice was vocal in the political affairs of the former Adar State and many people from Gajaak Community stood with him,” said Jordan Manpign Long 
SPLM/A-IO Representative to Ethiopia & AU. 

Jordan acknowledged that Hon. Dak Duop has played an active role since the outbreak of violence in 2013.

 “Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok was a candidate for national ministry and earned a wider support from his constituency.  I personally spoke with Your Excellency on the phone persuading your esteem office to accommodate Hon. Dak in the R-TGoNU and other members of the Adar Administrative Area met with Your Excellency in person after he lost the race.”

“However, Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok single handedly became furious and increasingly outrage at Your Excellency and at the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO for losing the race.  This move is unfortunate.  Hon. Dak is a veteran politician who contested for countless political races.  He was not the only candidate, from Eastern Jikany, who contested for the national ministry allocated to the Upper Nile State and lost the race.”

The official revealed that despite numerous attempts to persuade the leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – IO to consider Dak’s appointment, his suggestions were ignored and less attention was paid.

“On my phone conversation with him, Hon. Dak Duop Bichiok expressed dissatisfaction with the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO and wish to leave the movement.”

Former Minister of Petroleum, Hon. Dak Duop along with other 9 SPLMIO members resigned on Thursday and joined the unity government under President Salva Kiir Mayardit. 

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